Australian satellite No.1 Ash Barty has cruised into her archetypal Wimbledon semi-final with a comfy straight-sets triumph implicit chap Aussie Ajla Tomljanovic.
Barty took conscionable implicit an hr to triumph 6-1 6-3, successful the archetypal all-Australian Grand Slam quarter-final successful 41 years.
The World No.75 struggled to clasp service successful the archetypal acceptable against a ascendant show from Barty, who took power from the 3rd game.
The Croatian-born Aussie, who faced a scheduling 'catastrophe' successful her triumph implicit young British prima Emma Raducanu, was much competitory successful the 3rd set, astatine 1 constituent managing to interruption backmost against Barty to bring the scores backmost to 3-4.
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But Barty responded instantly and convincingly, breaking Tomljanovic again successful the pursuing crippled earlier serving retired the lucifer to publication a tantalising semi-final match-up against in-form German Angelique Kerber.
Barty finished with 23 winners to conscionable 5 for Tomljanovic, who was playing successful her archetypal Grand Slam quarter-final.
After the match, the Queenslander was afloat of praise for her 'incredible' opponent, who she had trained and played Fed Cup with but ne'er antecedently faced successful competition.
"She was ever going to bring retired the precise champion successful me," Barty said.
"I had to play my implicit champion to beryllium capable to vie with her. She's had an unthinkable fortnight.
"And I deliberation each Aussies backmost location are bloody arrogant of her and it was truly bully to stock the tribunal with her today."
The 25-year-old volition connected Thursday (likely Friday AEST) look what she called the "ultimate test" against in-form 2018 Wimbledon champion Kerber, who powered past Czech Karolina Muchova earlier successful the day.
"She's evidently had occurrence present earlier and, you know, had the champion fortnight present possible," Barty said.
"I emotion that match-up. I emotion playing Angie.
"She's an unthinkable competitor. She knows her mode astir this tribunal and I anticipation that I tin play good and springiness myself a accidental and play a bully match."
- with Associated Press
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